PRESS CONF 11am + BREAKING: Video of CPD Harassing Protesters, Threatening Violence

May 10, 2012 at 4:52am

PRESS CONFERENCE Thursday, May 10 - 11am 500 W Cermak, room 700 (Enter on Lumber St.)


Occupy Chicago Preview of NATO Week of Actions & Events

Speakers from Occupy Chicago, People's Summit, NNU, IVAW, CANG8, Mental Health Movement, Network for NATO Free Future Barefoot Summit & Chicago Indymedia


BREAKING: Video shows CPD harassing out-of-town NATO demonstrators. Three CPD officers from vehicle #656 and others pull over a car in Brigdeport, question passengers about Occupy Chicago, and threaten violence against protesters:


CHICAGO 5/10 -- Thursday, May 10 Occupy Chicago will host a press conference with speakers from every major NATO action and event, including Occupy Chicago, the People's Summit, the Coalition Against G8/NATO War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8), National Nurses United (NNU), Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW), the Mental Health Movement, Network for NATO Free Future, Chicago Indymedia, and the Barefoot Summit.


Speakers will include: Occupy Chicago - Zoe Sigman The People's Summit - Jesse McAdoo National Nurses United (NNU) - Jan Rodolfo, RN, NNU Midwest Director Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) - Aaron Hughes CANG8 - Andy Thayer The Mental Health Movement - N'Dana Carter Network for NATO Free Future - Michael McConnell, American Friends Service Committee Regional Director The Barefoot Summit - David Meyers Chicago Indymedia - Jimmy Johnson


This press conference will offer a preview of the week of NATO actions and events, as well as an opportunity to meet the press liaisons and spokespeople for major NATO actions. In addition, the Occupy Chicago NATO press kit will be distributed, with full information on each day's activities, as well as the websites, facebook pages, twitter handles and hashtags, and livestreams that will keep the press updated on breaking news and events.


"We seek to show how NATO policies trickle down to hurt people in every community in Chicago," says Jackie Spreadbury, a participant in Occupy Chicago. "Instead of funding death and destruction on the other side of the globe, our tax dollars should support services in our community. Our actions will raise to the international stage local battles around housing, education, and healthcare. We will resist NATO, the military arm of the 1%."